Wildlife in Belize

Wildlife in Belize – duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Kinkajous

Come to duPlooy’s deck around 6-6:30 almost any evening and you will meet our Kinkajou visitors.  Sometimes there are several and sometimes only one.  Even if you’re not staying with us, you are welcome to join us for a drink and/or dinner on our deck.

Chachalacas and Other Creatures

You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.

Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.

Leaf-cutter aka wee wee ants
tiny but important Wildlife in Belize, these leaf-cutter ants can wipe out a small bush in less than a day

Others may run screaming from their room at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf) Continue reading Wildlife in Belize

Belize Botanic Gardens

News From Belize Botanic Gardens

Belize Botanic Gardens, located adjacent to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge was begun in 1997 by Ken duPlooy as a native palm and orchid collection and an orchard of tropical fruits.

One of the many features in the garden are a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. The Maya Medicine Trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.

A story:

Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay with his elderly grandfather so that he could learn about the plants in the forest.  The boy went and every day he and his grandfather would walk in the forest so that he could learn the many uses of plants and why we should protect them.

Maya House
Traditional Maya House At Belize Botanic Gardens

One day his grandfather told the boy to go out by himself and bring him back a plant that was not useful.  The boy was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated.  “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said.  “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”

“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and  now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”

Other features at Belize Botanic Gardens are a Native Orchid House, Rainforest Trail, Fire Tower, Savannah Trail and a student garden designed and constructed by students in our Professional Gardeners’ Program.  Continue reading Belize Botanic Gardens

What’s Happening at duPlooy’s

What’s Happening at duPlooy’s?

We’d like to say Thanks

We really do appreciate the great reviews, however good reviews don’t make us complacent, they only make us want to work even harder to make your vacation in Belize the most memorable ever.

Bungalow
This is what’s happening at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Of course, we love it when you had a good enough time to make a second or even multiple visits or check our website to find out what’s happening at duPlooy’s.  It’s fun when people who may have honeymooned here bring their children to visit.  When we lived in South Carolina – 27 years ago I owned a small pre-school.  One of the children who attended my school was married here.  If you have a story about your visit – or visits – to duPlooy’s, write and tell us about it.  We also invite you to share photos, old or new, on our facebook pages

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Belizean Expressions

Belizean Expressions –

Understanding the Meaning Behind the Words

This link above will take you to a site where you  to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places.  For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 25 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately.  It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it  means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.

Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something.  Then share one of yours with him/her.

When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.

It can be  frustrating when you ask for something and are told
Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is  an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions